High alkalinity in pools can lead to problems. When the level is too high it will create an imbalanced pH level, which will then create calcium levels that are too high as well. The problem with high calcium levels it that it will cause cloudy water, clogged filters, scale build-up, and can irritate your skin and eyes. Let’s go over what water alkalinity is and how to lower it to a normal level.
What is Water Alkalinity?
According to USGS, alkalinity is the buffering capacity of a water body; a measure of the ability of the water body to neutralize acids and bases and thus maintain a fairly stable pH level.
Alkalinity is not a chemical in the water, but, it is a property of water that is dependent on the presence of certain chemicals within the water such as bicarbonates, carbonates, and hydroxides.
How To Lower Alkalinity
Once there is high alkalinity in pools, then we are definitely going to want to lower it back to a normal level as soon as possible to avoid other problems. We have a great product that will lower your pool’s pH, which will in turn lower the alkalinity of your pool.
pH Down, otherwise known as dry acid, will lower your pH to levels that are most efficient for crystal clear water. The recommended pH for pool water is within the range of 7.2 to 7.6 or slightly on the alkaline side, preferably about 7.2. Alkalinity (pH) or acidity of swimming pool water can easily be measured by using your chemical test kit or pool monitor. If the water is too alkaline, above 7.6, you should lower the pH by adding pH Down. The amount required is based on the number of gallons of water in the pool and the amount of alkalinity in the water.